Righteous Life

The Proverbs of Solomon – Proverbs 10 (NLT)

1The proverbs of Solomon: A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother. 2Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life3The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked. 4Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. 5A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace. 6The godly are showered with blessings; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. 7We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away. 8The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces. 9People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall. 10People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace.b11The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. 12Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses13Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod. 14Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster. 15The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction. 16The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin. 17People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray. 18Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool. 19Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. 20The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless. 21The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense. 22The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. 23Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible. 24The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted25When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation. 26Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes. 27Fear of the LORD lengthens one’s life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. 28The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing. 29The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked. 30The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land. 31The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off. 32The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.

I have named this post Righteous Life because I had been led by the Lord to write on righteousness .. or on what a righteous life looks like. I was then led to this chapter.

It is a chapter of verses by Solomon who God gave much wisdom and understanding, even the wisest person (1 Kings 3:12). The Amplified version calls this chapter “Contrast of the Righteous and the Wicked”(AMP). Most of the verses compare a godly action or result, with a parallel wicked action or result. Many of these positive sections relate to righteous living in different ways, and after selecting the positive parts in order to focus on these, I then found and highlighted the points which repeatedly arise (see colors below). My focus here is on how the positive aspects are interlinked, related and describe characteristics of a righteous person, either directly or via contrast.

The NIV translation has the word righteousness in 14 verses: 2,3,6,7,11,16,20,21,24,25,28,30,31,32 (I have underlined where these have been replaced with a different word (usually “godly”) in the NLT translation above.

The Proverbs of Solomon – Proverbs 10 (NLT)

1The proverbs of Solomon: A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother. 2Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life3The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked. 4Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. 5A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace. 6The godly are showered with blessings; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. 7We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away. 8The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces. 9People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall. 10People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace.b11The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. 12Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses13Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod. 14Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster. 15The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction. 16The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin. 17People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray. 18Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool. 19Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut20The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless. 21The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense. 22The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. 23Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible24The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted25When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation26Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes. 27Fear of the LORD lengthens one’s life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. 28The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing. 29The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked. 30The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land. 31The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off. 32The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.

There seem to be a few main concepts that stand out.

There are qualities of wisdom expressed multiple times along with word use being helpful or encouraging. l like the verse about how the words of the godly are a life-giving fountain (verse 11) and the verse about how one should “be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”! (Verse 19) Surprised?!  I was, a little. 🙂

I was inspired by the blessing concept … hope, happiness, pleasure,  happy memories, to be thought well of and then to experience safety and long life.  The fact that “the godly will never be disturbed”… that is peace. . and it is contrasted with the how “the wicked will be removed from the land.”(verse 30). Wealth in relation to ‘blessings’ and earnings from hard work are mentioned in a few verses, and sometimes in regards to the ability to keep safe and not be worried in different situations or storms…”The rich hide within the fortress that is their wealth, but the poor are dismayed due to their poverty.”(ISV) Here,  righteousness is not directly specified though it is alluded to in verse 16 “The earnings of the godly enhance their lives…”.

My prayer today is that our hearts would be turned to His righteousness .. towards the wholeness that God has for each one of us in His presence. That as we seek Your face,  Lord, that you would meet with us and lead us in Your ways. I desire to be a blessing in Your sight, Lord. I desire Your peace and provision in my life.  May I be wise in words and in action… and a blessing wherever I go!

I’d love to hear of your own perspective. . was there anything that spoke to you, or was impressed upon your heart?

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